Asian sensation Hyeon Chung revealed the injury that forced him to pull out of the Australian Open last month.
Chung enjoyed a superlative run in Melbourne, knocking out six-time champion Novak Djokovic and then went on to reach his first grand slam semi-final. But in the tie against eventual winner Roger Federer, Chung was having trouble moving around and quit in the second set due to a severe blister.
In case you were wondering, it was pretty bad…
. Tonight, I tried very hard to bring my utmost energy to the tennis court as usual. However, I had to make a tough decision given that I cannot compete 100% against Roger, in front of many tennis fans. Please understand. I wish all the best luck for @rogerfederer in the finals. 오늘 저녁 제가 할 수 있는 최선을 다했습니다. 경기를 포기하기 전 많은 생각을 했습니다. 많은 팬분들 앞에서,훌륭한 선수 앞에서 내가 100%을 보여주지 못 하는건 선수로서 예의가 아닌거 같아서 힘든 결정을 내렸습니다. 며칠 뒤에 있을 결승전에 로저 페더러 선수에게 행운이 있기를!
"I've seldom played so many games unremittingly and my feet reached their limits,” the 21-year-old told Channel NewsAsia.
"My doctor says the blistered feet are curing well due to my young age and I will be able to start training next week."
The South Korean’s run boosted him to 29th in the world rankings, Chung’s highest ranking of his young career.
The injury has also forced Chung to withdraw from the upcoming ATP 250 event in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a result, he is reluctant to make any goals for the upcoming French Open, where he reached the third round last year.
"I've not set any specific target [for the French Open] but I will be able to win a Grand Slam tournament some day in the future,” added Chung.